Stefani Ruper of Paleo Women Blog wrote an article on "the perfect body" yesterday and disordered eating. I really like her line of thought. I think a lot of what she says has value like how restricting oneself of food and analyzing one's day frequently can actually worsen health. It promotes stress and can actually hold in fat. And when anxiety builds up because of guilt it leads to even more bingeing, reversing the whole focus of why we are "paleo" eaters...
I think the most saddening thing of all is that when I look around at all the people in my life who are the epitome of health (like my brother) and they literally put an ounce of brain power into their day of eating (while the ones who struggle are those who have read every diet book on the shelf). He and others alike eat foods when their body signals the need and stop when full. They never feel guilty after a meal. Workouts aren't forced upon, but a joy to go exert their energy. Everyone can and should have this. It shouldn't be about physical appearance because we have been created to all look differently. We need to learn to adjust to what we have and utilize it correctly. I think that sometimes we (health pursuers) think so much that instead of letting this lifestyle do its purpose, eat healthy so we can enjoy our lives, our lives are suffering because they revolve around food (and sleep schedules and preparation and etc.).
I do have to disagree with Stefani though. She said that when we eat poorly, over-analyze, or do anything restrictive that should cause guilt it is NOT our fault. I disagree. It is our fault. We have succumbed to others' pressure. We have fallen out of love for our well-being and our beautiful bodies. What we need to do is return to that loving space. Take time to appreciate the vehicle we are in. It's the only one we get, so yes it's important to nourish and love. But to be honest it's just a shell. How we preserve and care for the inside is ever more important because it is the operating engine. It may be a slow process to return to oneself, but I believe the first step is exiting denial and accepting what we have done. Don't accept the guilt and the disordered eating and "perfect body" mentality. No. Accept that we have neglected our vehicle and engine. And though it may be a slow process, that conscious loving space of just being is always there waiting. Even I find myself often reminding my mind that I am doing something now and dinner is going to turn out fine when it comes.
If we are already dwelling in a paleo lifestyle we should be super appreciative that we have discovered such a great way of living. We are on the right track and so lucky to have the right information over others who are diseased and sickly. Being in the paleo lifestyle we are already eating wholesome foods so we dont have to worry about any dosage providing toxicity. All we have to do is reset and adjust our mindset. Let things come as they do. So when I wake up in the morning if I want that avocado, I eat it. And you know what? When we provide our bodies with those desires it is more satisfied and dissolves those disordered eating tendencies we worked up. So don't THINK about it. Just listen. Literally listen to the physical necessity of our body's cravings and we will be able to distinguish between need and our mind's muddy desires. Desires that have been caused by restriction and a pull away from our true centers.